Taylor Kitsch Says the 'John Carter' Sequel Had an 'Awesome' Script

May 28, 2014
Source: Variety

Taylor Kitsch / John Carter

This is something we'll probably hear over and over again, at least until Disney (or someone else) gives John Carter of Mars another shot. Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch, who last appeared in Lone Survivor but really hasn't done much since then, spoke to Variety recently (via The Playlist) and at the end chatted briefly about John Carter. I know I'm not the only one who actually enjoyed John Carter and wished there was a sequel, but of course it's unlikely we'll ever see one. In the meantime, we can always start the discussion again with quotes like this until Hollywood takes notice. Kitsch, who plays John Carter, spoke about the sequel's script.

At the beginning, Variety asked him if the "bad press" for the movie was a painful experience. "I mean, look man, it wasn't an uplifting experience. My biggest regret would have been if I didn't do enough personally. If I didn't give it everything I had. If I hadn't prepped enough. I don't have that regret, so that allows me to let go." That's a great attitude to have, and I know I have respect for him for playing the role with vigor, even though it wasn't that well received. When asked if he wishes "there would have been a sequel", Kitsch says:

I miss the family. I miss Andrew Stanton. I know the second script was fucking awesome. We had to plant a grounding, so we could really take off in the second one. The second one was even more emotionally taxing, which was awesome.

That actually sounds about right. The first movie had a big setup, and it needed to focus on introducing us to the story, the conceit of how Carter gets to Mars, and the emotional connection between the two worlds. Once that is established, then they can go wild, and anyone who has read the books or comic books knows there is an endless amount of story material to pull from for more sequels/stories set on Mars (and beyond). Director Andrew Stanton was the showrunner on this, writing the script for the first movie in addition to directing, and it's likely he wrote the sequel, too - which Kitsch calls "fucking awesome". But as of 2012, all hope for a sequel was gone, with Disney admitting an official $200 million loss. It's unlikely we'll ever see it.

Then again, stranger things have happened. And one day, with enough fan support (there was a petition once before), it could happen. Though I'm sure they will throw out Stanton's script that Kitsch is referring to before starting. Do you still want to see a John Carter sequel? Is there any hope it might happen one day?

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  • Brian Sleider
    He was the worst part of the first one. And every other movie he has been in.
  • SteadyEddieTX
    I think Ben Affleck would be awesome as John Carter, only he could save this franchise...ha ha ha
  • Lagoya
    John Carter was sh!t, so glad I didn't pay to see it
  • Xerxexx
    I wish it would happen. My dad would have loved it.
  • Tester
    The movie sucked, end of story, move on
  • David Diaz
    I loved that movie. Anytime I catch it on tv I watch it. I would love to see a sequel.
  • Tey
    After The Normal Heart I will not question Taylor Kitsch's acting capabilities ever again.
    • Lo-Lo
      I'm with you, Tey. Never again!
  • Chris Groves
    Usually, even in the case of a 'bad' movie that I am the least bit interested in...I can watch it in one sitting and stay interesting/invested enough through the whole thing. The first time I see any movie it is hard for me not to get into it enough to NOT finish it. But in the case of John Carter and Green Lantern...finishing them was a struggle. I wanted to turn them off badly. In the case of GL, I DID and came back later. Something about those movies just did not sync up with my sensibilities/aesthetic. It is a shame, because I really LOVE superhero movies and sci-fi. But then again, the works of Ridley Scott often do absolutely zero for me.
  • JBrotsis
    I agree with you Alex about not being the only one who enjoyed the movie. I too enjoyed it, being I never read the books and love sci fi, but I'm just one of those guys who never admits liking it. Also, I feel bad for Taylor....I don't know if I'm the only one to say this but I like the actor, I think he's a solid guy and if given the right film, could really shine. But that's the problem, every movie he's been in has done so poorly, people look at him and degrade him. Maybe he just needs another superhero role to prove it (not counting Gambit).
  • Steven
    I'll put my hand up and say I liked John Carter. I think it was hyped up way to much and the critics that panned it simply took it down. I wonder actually if the CGI alien characters where a little to soon after Jar Jar left a bad taste in everyone's mouth.
  • RAW_D
    John Carter was problematic due to too many hands in the pot imo. I have a theory that when you have a script written by more than two people, the final cut is a movie that's crammed full of "stuff", but at the cost of story. And I think John Carter fell victim to that. There was a lot of ideas that I liked in the film, but ultimately it wasn't cohesive and edited well imo. As a fan of the source material, it seemed like they crammed a lot into the first movie (like the Therns) instead of just focusing on the adventure of a man out of his time/planet due to mysterious and unexplained circumstances. Truth be told, it's a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, and I would love to see this franchise resurrected as an animated property, rather than live action. Or perhaps the sequel should be given an animated treatment?
  • crystaltowers
    I really enjoyed John Carter. Let's be honest. The film was an expensive effects movie, partly held back by the public's lack of "brand" awareness (John Carter? Who?). Most similar films are from extremely familiar franchises and properties. Some are done to death (how many Spider-Man films can Hollywood fit into a decade?) John Carter was a really good film. Not flawless. But certainly under appreciated. It had two highly charismatic leads. An overblown, noisy action story. Amazing villains who get away. And a brilliant ending. Yes I want a sequel :( We are all poorer for not supporting big fantasy or scifi films based on *different* franchise properties and stories. It simply means more of the same in future. More Batman, Superman, Spider-Man vs Batman. Superman vs Spider-Man. Zombies. Vampires. Harry Potter spinoffs. And lots of horses getting flogged.
    I really, really liked JOHN CARTER. I never really got why there was so much hate for it.
  • Nielsen700
    Really liked the first one. Sucks this won't be a franchise.
  • Bill
    I really like it, and wished there was more!
  • MattPeloquin
    The problem is that it didn't gain success when it was released on DVD like Dredd did which is why that's getting a sequel even though it was a flop on the big screen.
  • RobotProphet
    RIP john carter movie sequels :( Why you weren't popular (along with Green Lantern movie) will forever be a mystery.
  • TK
    I thoroughly enjoyed John Carter. I loved the art as well as the story itself. I thought Stanton did an amazing job to bring such an old story (by syfy standards at least) to modern day audiences. It faltered purely because of marketing. I don't care what anyone says but having pre-conceived idea of what the movie will be like will eventually influence your view of the final product, bad or good. Disney really let the ball slip on that one. A lot of people hated the movie before it was even released. Worst thing was 2 Kitsch movies were pretty much coming back to back. Trailers for Battleship were hitting around the same time and I'm sure that didn't help the cause. I would love to see a sequel to John Carter. It's definitely one of the better blockbuster movies I've seen in the last few years.
  • FuziJuzi
    Then release the script for us all to read! Finish the story you started to tell, all of us fans would appreciate it!
  • Zak Coleman
    I gave this movie a solid chance and couldn't even finish it... and I've watching some absolute trash movies to the finish before. John Carter... was painfully terrible. A reboot 10 years from now is the source material's only hope.
  • si1ver
    I really liked the movie. There was a lot wrong with it but there are numerous movies that come out every year that are big hits that are worse than this one. I don't understand why this movie got so much hate while other, worse, movies make hundreds of millions of dollars every year. It really became a movie that people loved to hate. The music was absolutely beautiful and I loved the ending. This was karma for calling it "John Carter" instead of "John Carter of Mars". Please, there are worse spoilers in every trailer and that title would've been so cool.
  • LightningB
    I really like JC. I actually thought the worst part of it was Kitsch. He's just not leading man material. He's always showing too much angst. Relax man. Between this and Battleship, it was rough year. Granted JC was still an entertaining movie while Battleship was just a giant suckhole. JC would be better if a more solid lead was in place.
  • Ryan Sean O'Reilly
    I wanted this movie to have a sequel, even though I felt that this one was a bit lacking. The effort was there and it was a beautiful looking film. The casting was decent as well. I think maybe they just took on too much since they were planning a sequel from the get go and that is not how the source material was written. They also got into some typical tropes (i.e. John Carter just wants to get home and we are supposed to feel bad that his family is all dead). We discussed the book and movie on my podcast (No Deodorant In Outer Space - and this was pretty much the consensus.
  • MysteryHunter
    I really want another sequel, I really liked the first one, and they left us hanging, so I really want to see what happens.
  • j l
    NOPE! I've read better script adaptations of this book. But I think even this script could have been salvaged if Kitsch had leading man charisma. Compare a lead pulp hero like Harrison Ford as Jones with Kitsch's performance as Carter. See what I'm talking about. Character, charisma, charm - you can give an action hero tons of great fights and he'll fall flat without these ch's. I love John Carter but don't want to see more from this franchise unless it's reinvented - idealy, imo, with a new lead. And someone other than Disney please. These books have blood and guts and more mature themes and ideas than any live action Disney film I've ever seen.



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